Re: what can we do

Subject: Re: what can we do
From: "Kathleen" <keamac -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 21:32:04 -0700

What kind of ethics are we talking here folks? Business ethics, personal
ethics, human ethics?

Whether or not there is an open-ended contract, IMHO most people make a
commitment to the employer, but the commitment tends to be looser on the
employer end.

My intuition is that some of the respondents to Tom's message might be
employers and tend to take at least some of that perspective, no matter
how "enlightened" they are. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to be an
employer (or at least able not to be an employee), and I know there can
be times when a company has to make difficult decisions. But I'd prefer
to be, or work for, a company that doesn't make such decisions lightly.
It doesn't sound like this was such a situation (though you never know,
companies can be incredibly stupid).

The open-ended contract is, statistically speaking, a joke.


-----Original Message-----
Bonnie Granat wrote:

> >>How exactly is it "unethical"? There is nothing unethical
> about exercising<br>your rights under a contract you have entered with

> someone.<<
> Signing someone on to a year contract and five months later dropping
> that person for a cheaper one is "unethical" in my opinion.

It's maddening, inconsiderate, hurtful, and unfortunate, but it is not
unethical. Companies and individuals put in contracts terms that are
widely accepted as normal and quite ethical.

You might also want to consider that the reason they gave you is not
necessarily the truth -- now that's unethical. Maybe they didn't like
your work, maybe they felt there was a personality conflict, maybe they
had any number of other problems that they do not want to get into.

The reason sounds fishy to me, actually. Price is not usually something
that is a problem after a contract is signed.

I would be as angry as you, I am sure, if the same thing happened to me,
but I would not call the company unethical for terminating your
contract. If they are not telling you the real reason for the
termination, I would call that unethical. I am suspicious, as I said. I
just do not buy that the cost was too high. It fails the smell test.


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